Posted: Apr 21, 2011 4:50 PM
Source: Associated Press
MIAMI - BP has been hammered for a year over the Gulf oil spill but now is going on the offensive.
The British company has filed multibillion-dollar lawsuits seeking to shift at least part of the blame to those who owned the ill-fated rig or designed a failed safety device or supplied cement that didn't hold.
Those companies - Transocean, Cameron International and Halliburton - each filed lawsuits of their own. Now it will be up to the courts.
BP has rebounded remarkably in the year since the April 20, 2010 disaster. But it will face an uphill battle trying to shed the albatross of the Gulf oil spill.
The lawsuits filed late Wednesday are likely just opening salvos in what's expected to be lengthy negotiations over assigning responsibility and, more importantly, liability.